A Quick Guide To Overcoming PTSD After A Car Accident

If you have been in a car accident, you are likely to have experienced both physical and emotional pain. It is very important to file an insurance claim to get compensation for your injuries and damages to your car.

If you keep remembering the accident over and over again, if you cannot sleep, or if the thought of riding in a car or driving one fills you with terror, you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If this is the case, your insurance should pay extra money for psychological treatment. In very severe cases, you may have to sue the person or business that caused your PTSD.

If you do not have the time or money to get professional help after a car accident, there are still some things you can do to feel better. These are a few tips mental health professionals use to help overcome PTSD.

What is PTSD?

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety condition that was originally associated with the military. It was once called shell shock or battle fatigue. It affects people who have experienced a traumatic event such as a mass shooting, a car accident, sexual assault, or an incident of domestic violence.

When a person experiences a traumatic event, their blood pressure increases. Their heart will beat faster, and their muscles will constrict. When you have PTSD, you feel this way repeatedly throughout the day. When left untreated, PTSD can result in heart problems.

In addition to experiencing insomnia or intense memories, a person with PTSD may experience the following problems:

  •  Alcohol or drug addiction.
  • Self-harm or harm to others.
  • Withdrawal from social situations.
  • Avoidance of situations that remind them of the accident.
  • Obsession with work or hobbies.
  • Aches and pains with no cause.

What to do If You Have PTSD

Psychotherapists and other mental health professionals have a few tips for overcoming PTSD. The goal of these actions is to overcome your sense of helplessness.

Exercise

Whenever someone is depressed or upset over a situation in their life, they are almost always told to go out and exercise. A person will feel better after they have exercised because their natural endorphins will kick in. When you exercise, it also makes you feel very good when you stop.

Although it may sound glib, exercise can certainly help you with PTSD. This is not true of just any exercise. There are certain workouts that therapists recommend.

You should do exercises that involve a lot of repetitive motion and engage both your arms and legs. Running and weight lifting are both excellent forms of exercise. Aerobic exercise will help to calm your heart rate.

 When your feet rhythmically hit the ground, and your arms swing along with them, the repetitive motion will give you a sense of predictability. Eventually, running will become comforting because you will know what will happen every time.

Eat a Healthy Diet

In addition to exercise, eating a good diet can help you feel better. There is scientific evidence to suggest that a diet that includes omega-3 can help to improve your mood. Walnuts, flaxseed, and sardines are loaded with this important nutrient.

Self Monitoring

There are certain things that we humans do on autopilot during the day. You probably take a shower, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, and drive to work without really thinking about it.

When you have PTSD, you should monitor the way you feel about doing certain things throughout the day. If you are aware of how you feel, your emotions will become easier to recognize and control.

Self Care

The world does not stop for people with psychological disorders. In spite of having PTSD, you have to go to work and take care of responsibilities just like any other adult. It is important to take time out of your day to do things that make you feel happy and comfortable.

Watch movies, go for a walk, have a cup of tea, and relax with your favorite music. It will help you cope with the stress of everyday life.

Volunteer

If there is a cause that you care about, then volunteering may help you to regain your sense of power and control. Not only will you help others and make a powerful change for a cause that you care about, but people will also look to you to be strong and helpful in stressful situations.

PTSD is a hard condition to overcome. Taking good care of yourself is the first step to living a normal life.

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